Tuesday, November 3, 2015

American Wigeon

 Male wigeon (Anas americana)

Although  some American Wigeons are said to breed in Ontario, they are are somewhat rare here...unless it's migration season when they make stopovers at ponds and marshes. This male - along with a few others - was getting closer to where I was standing and I was hoping to get a super shot when...

Up and away

something happened and they all took off. I'm thinking there was a raptor in the area.

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

43 comments:

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Belas fotografias.
Um abraço.

Jacquelineand.... said...

A beautiful capture of when they went up, up, and away!

Lowell said...

I've seen male pigeons, although I don't know how I would know the diff between male and female, but I've not seen a male widget, er, wigeon, before! :)

eileeninmd said...

The American Wigeon is pretty, great sighting and photos. Have a happy day!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Oh well, you got a couple great shots anyway.

Kate said...

Migration patterns and behavior will always fascinate we humans.

Darla said...

What a great shot of the take off

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) The American Widgeon is a fine looking bird.I have some of those up and away shots, but they are beautiful too.Good shots!:)

Donna said...

I love the look of the widgeon...never saw one here.

Sandra said...

now i wonder if they have passports to get from here to there... i have never seen one, so they must live in the NORTH America... of course these days unless they land in our pool i don't see anything.

Christine said...

I enjoyed seeing both shots.

TexWisGirl said...

very pretty shot.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I think you may be right EG, those falcons sure know how to break up a party :)

VP said...

Great 'portrait' and even better action shot...

Mary Hone said...

I like the flying action shot.

William Kendall said...

Very distinctive. I guess they tend to keep to the countryside... I can't recall seeing one in the city.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, Perth is right, those falcons do indeed know how to break up the party!! Wonderful shots for the day as always, EG!! Hope your week is off to a great start!! Enjoy!!

Viola said...

He is so gorgeous! :) the raptor came at wrong time! Lovely pics!

Viola said...

He is so gorgeous! :) the raptor came at wrong time! Lovely pics!

handmade by amalia said...

Oh, gorgeous photos, as always. We're beginning to see more and more flocks of birds migrating, small flocks for now but a lovely sight.
Amalia
xo

Pat Tillett said...

Nice shots! It is quite a sight to see a bunch of birds all take off from water at the same time.

cieldequimper said...

Pretty thing. So it wasn't the sound of your camera shutter? :-)

RedPat said...

That's a new one for me, EG! I like the take-0ff shot.

Halcyon said...

A pretty little guy!

Revrunner said...

Can't be too careful with photographers out and about. :-)

Michelle said...

I do like the up and away shot!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great to get that nice taking flight shot ... I can almost hear them!

Kay said...

We had a good sized flock that was bedding down last winter not too far from our house...but it was always too far to get a decent shot. They make interesting sort of whistling sounds.

Stephanie said...

Beautifully captured!

mick said...

The Wigeon swimming on the blue water is especially beautiful. Trying to guess when and why birds take flight is a constant puzzle I think!

Nancy Chan said...

The Wigeon is beautiful. And what a good timing to capture the up, up and away shot!

Rose said...

Love the shot of them all taking off!

llandudnopictures said...

That's a mass exodus!

Margaret Adamson said...

A lovely duck

Jeevan said...

Excellent capture and good finding them around there! Have a nice day

Tomoko said...

You captured the great moment of their flying off!!

Adam Jones said...

It's a very neat looking duck.

Indrani said...

The second shot has so much action and drama.
Great captures.

Les Fous du Cap said...

Beautiful observation ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Marie C said...

Up and away is cool too!!

Small City Scenes said...

Nice picture of a nice bird.
MB

Mary Cromer said...

So beautiful!!!

Chris Rohrer said...

That's what I've heard! I have a friend in Maine who had a hard time finding one. Down here right now, they are everywhere!

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